Moment speechless schoolgirl, 12, is invited to the BAFTAs by Encanto director

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A British schoolgirl who wrote to Disney asking for a princess to wear glasses when she was nine-years-old has been invited to the BAFTA awards by Encanto director Jared Bush three years later.

Lowri Moore, 12, from Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, made the request to the entertainment giant as a child, having worn glasses all her life, but was left disappointed after receiving no response.

However, Encanto director Bush had received her letter and kept it, but was unable to tell her that the main character in the film was already going to have glasses.

Speaking to Lowri on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Bush said: ‘I think she knows  she’s my hero. I can’t imagine being that age and being that brave.

‘I think the biggest thing I’d like to say is, as it turns out, like you mentioned, I may be in the UK this weekend, and I was wondering, Lowri, if you might be interested in maybe joining me and the other film-makers at the Bafta Award ceremony?’

Lowri and her mother, Cyrilyn Moore, were completely speechless but nodded vigorously before presenter Jon Kay stepped in and said: ‘I think that is a yes.’

Asked by Sally Nugent if there will be a red carpet at the event, Bush said: ‘I think the most important thing is I’m so excited to meet you in person.

British schoolgirl Lowri Moore, 12, from Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, has been invited to the BAFTAs after she wrote to Disney when she was nine, asking them for more characters wearing glasses like her

British schoolgirl Lowri Moore, 12, from Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, has been invited to the BAFTAs after she wrote to Disney when she was nine, asking them for more characters wearing glasses like her

Speaking to Lowri on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Encanto director Jared Bush (pictured) invited the 12-year-old to the BAFTAs. He said:'I think she knows like she's my hero, I can't imagine being that age and being that brave'

Speaking to Lowri on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Encanto director Jared Bush (pictured) invited the 12-year-old to the BAFTAs. He said: ‘I think she knows like she’s my hero, I can’t imagine being that age and being that brave’

‘I’m going to tell you all the Disney secrets that I couldn’t tell you, but now I am going to whisper them all, and no-one can stop me.’

Lowri managed to thank Bush as she became overwhelmed with emotion.

Her mother held back tears as she thanked the film director and said: ‘That is like the stuff dreams are made of, isn’t it? That’s beautiful.’

Lowri managed to thank Bush as she became overwhelmed with emotion. Pictured with her mother, Cyrilyn Moore, left

Lowri managed to thank Bush as she became overwhelmed with emotion. Pictured with her mother, Cyrilyn Moore, left

Lowri's mother Cyrilyn (pictured left) held back tears as she thanked the film director and said:'That is like the stuff dreams are made of, isn't it? That's beautiful'

Lowri’s mother Cyrilyn (pictured left) held back tears as she thanked the film director and said: ‘That is like the stuff dreams are made of, isn’t it? That’s beautiful’

Encanto tells the story of Mirabel Madrigal, a young girl with glasses who lives in a magical community of people who all have unique gifts, but she no apparent powers of her own.

It is fronted by Argentinian-born American actress Stephanie Beatriz, who is the voice of Mirabel.

The Madrigal family are an extraordinary one, who are hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a place called the Encanto. 

Lowri and Bush previously spoke in early February when Bush was being interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham via phone from the US, and now again for the second time on BBC Breakfast this Wednesday morning with presenters Jon Kay (centre right) and Sally Nugent (right)

Lowri and Bush previously spoke in early February when Bush was being interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham via phone from the US, and now again for the second time on BBC Breakfast this Wednesday morning with presenters Jon Kay (centre right) and Sally Nugent (right)

The 12-year-old from Nottinghamshire has spoken to the American director in early February on BBC Radio Nottingham

The director promised to give Lowri a special drawing of Mirabel by one of the film's artists, Jin Kim, which he said he would post to her

On the previous occasion Bush and Lowri had spoken, she 12-year-old was surprised by the director with a special drawing of Mirabel by one of the film’s artists, Jin Kim, which he said he would post to her

Despite her lack of gifts, when the village of Encanto is threatened and its magic is in jeopardy, it falls to her to save the day.

Encanto tells the story of Mirabel Madrigal (pictured), a young girl with glasses who lives in a magical community, in Colombia, of people who all have unique gifts, but she no apparent powers of her own

Encanto tells the story of Mirabel Madrigal (pictured), a young girl with glasses who lives in a magical community, in Colombia, of people who all have unique gifts, but she no apparent powers of her own

Lowri and Bush previously spoke in early February when Bush was being interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham via phone from the US.

On that occasion, Bush surprised Lowri by giving her a special drawing of Mirabel by one of the film’s artists, Jin Kim, which he said he would post to her.

Encanto has notched up three nominations for the Oscars so far including best animated film.

Earlier this year, the song We Don’t Talk About Bruno, written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, became the first original Disney song to reach number one in the UK singles chart, the Official Charts Company said.

We Don’t Talk About Bruno is one of the soundtracks to the 2021 film, about Mirabel’s uncle, Bruno Madrigal, who is banished from the Madrigal family after his unique gift for prophecy was associated to misfortune. 

The BAFTAs will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall this Sunday, 13 March and will be hosted by American actress Rebel Wilson.

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